Sea of Tranquility

A Novel

Hardcover, 272 pages

English language

Published May 4, 2022 by Knopf.

ISBN:
978-0-593-32144-7
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OCLC Number:
1251739463

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4 stars (128 reviews)

Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal--an experience that shocks him to his core.

Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She's traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive's bestselling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.

When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American …

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Goodreads Review of Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

5 stars

I'll never get over Emily St. John Mandel's ability to weave many different simple narratives into a compelling braid of a story that still manages to have surprises, twists, and turns without being overly bulky or needing extensive exposition. She always holds you right on the cusp of confusion, making you think you lost the plot, but you didn't. She will reel you right back in. This was the case for Station Eleven, and The Glass Hotel, and Sea of Tranquility was no exception.

In this book we follow a few different narratives, and those who have read her previous other works will find some familiar. Edwin St. Andrew is the lesser son of some English nobles, sent to colonized Canada in 1912 as a punishment where he experiences something extraordinary, and almost alien in the Canadian Wilderness. A man watches. Vincent (a character readers of the author's works may …

Review of 'Sea of Tranquility' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Ogólnie świetna książka, ale mam wrażenie, że trochę autorka na siłę chcę nas wzruszyć.
Zdecydowanie druga część książki jest lepsza, podoba mi się wykreowany świat i ta fragmentaryczność historii.To idealny przykład, że dużo mądrej i ważnej treści można przekazać w krótkim utworze.

"Man merkt die Absicht und ist verstimmt"

3 stars

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Beautiful

4 stars

I didn't think I'd love this book as much as I did. It was a fascinating story, with very compelling characters. I love the references to Station Eleven (and I'm hearing that there's even more with Glass Hotel that I haven't read yet). The pandemic is woven into the story in a very sensible way that really spoke to me. My only criticism is that it's too short. Some characters and storylines really should have been more developed. Maybe in future books, as it seems that the author is slowly building a more or less shared universe.

Review of 'Sea of Tranquility' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

More pat, if not more enjoyable, as Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” meets “Glass Hotel”. I find myself more and more comparing rather than absorbing. “How Ferrante like, how so Cuskan, how pale Le Guinian.”

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